Use of Stable Isotopes to Trace Bird Migrations and Molecular Nuclear Techniques to Investigate the Epidemiology and Ecology of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Phase II)

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Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code




Approved Date

8 November 2017

Start Date

4 December 2017

Expected End Date

3 December 2023

Participating Countries

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


The objective of this project will be to evaluate the origin of wild bird that carry avian influenza (AI) and other potentially dangerous pathogens at their stopover places and match the obtained results with the knowledge obtained through conventional migration monitoring approaches. Stable isotopes (SI) are promising huge potential when the origin (migration) of individual wild birds is required, because the probability of capturing labelled bird with specific characteristics (disease carrier) using conventional methods is negligible. Knowledge and experience obtained through the previous project (D32030) will be of great value for the success of this project.


To understand in depth the origin and the migration of wild birds that carry avian influenza viruses or potentially other dangerous pathogens, thus understanding the major pathways of disease transmission through the long range migratory birds.

Specific objectives

To detect the wild birds that carry avian influenza viruses and eventually other potentially dangerous pathogens and evaluate the molecular epidemiology of these pathogens.

To investigate the origin of the wild birds which carry dangerous pathogens through the evaluation of the stable isotope ratios in feather samples.

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